Paris 2024 Olympic Games: 6 million viewers followed the arrival of the flame live in Marseille

Paris 2024 Olympic Games: 6 million viewers followed the arrival of the flame live in Marseille
Paris 2024 Olympic Games: 6 million viewers followed the arrival of the flame live in Marseille

The Olympic Games only begin in July, and the French public is already impatient. The arrival of the Olympic flame in Marseille early Wednesday evening was followed by 5.9 million viewers on TF1 and France 2 combined, according to figures published by Médiamétrie on Thursday.

His descent onto French soil from the three-masted Belem in the hands of Florent Manaudou, Olympic swimming champion in 2012 in London, and the lighting of the cauldron by Marseille rapper Jul brought together 3.34 million viewers on the second channel (23.3% audience share) and 2.59 million on the first (16.5%).

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France 2 followed closely by TF1

79 days before the opening of the Paris Olympics, on July 26, for the third Parisian Olympics in history, after 1900 and 1924, the Olympic flame has finally arrived in France, after 12 days of travel from its native homeland , in Greece. Throughout the day, punctuated by special editions devoted to the May 8 ceremonies and the arrival of the Olympic flame, France 2 dominated TF1 with an audience share of 16.4% compared to 14.9%. .

Upon its entry into the Old Port, under the eyes of President Emmanuel Macron, received by a few brief whistles, the Belem was welcomed by a Marseillaise, by the flight of planes of the French patrol, which drew the Olympic rings in the sky, and by the unmissable “tifos”, these impressive banners of the supporters of the aptly named Olympique de Marseille.

“Today the flame is arriving, the Games are arriving and entering the lives of the French,” commented the Head of State on France Télévisions and TF1, after the ceremony: “We can be proud, (…) It’s the French people’s day and I want them to be proud of it.”

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